Besen, Stephen M.

Stephen M. Besen


Stephen Besen, a partner in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group, has extensive experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, proxy fights, private equity and merchant banking, and general corporate legal matters. Mr. Besen has also been actively involved in representing private equity sponsors and hedge funds in transactional and advisory matters.

Mr. Besen was named a 2007 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer for his role in SABIC’s acquisition of GE Plastics. He has also been recognized as one of the leading individuals in corporate M&A, particularly noted for his work with private equity sponsors and hedge funds (Chambers USA, 2008-2012). He has also been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in private equity buyouts (Legal 500, 2010-2012). Mr. Besen joined the firm as a partner in 2001.

Selected Experience

  • Aditya Birla Group in its acquisition of Columbian Chemicals
  • AmeriGas Partners, L.P. in its acquisition of Heritage and Titan Propane from Energy Transfer Partners
  • BE Aerospace in its acquisition of TSI Group Inc. and UFC Aerospace Corp.
  • Saudi Basic Industries Corp. in its acquisition of GE Plastics

Conferences & Publications

Mr. Besen has lectured and written on various topics, including: private equity, mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunications industry; structuring and negotiating acquisition transactions; and structuring and negotiating joint ventures and strategic alliances.



  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1983, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SB Management and Economics, 1980
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